Christmas time is here and in full effect! I love this time of year! If you're looking for some fun things to do here in Amarillo during Christmas, then I've got a great list for ya!

When the weather starts to change and all the leaves are gone, that's when I start getting excited. I love this time of year. There's just something nostalgic about the smell of wood-burning fireplaces and the cold crisp air.

Here are some amazing things about the holidays in Amarillo.

#1. Bishop Hills

This is one of the most nostalgic things that we do during the holidays. I remember loading up in the ol' fake wood paneled station wagon (yes, we really had one), and heading out to Bishop Hills. We would stop for hot chocolate and drive through multiple times, until my dad got tired of hearing us. Now, it's a great evening of fun that I take my wife and daughter on.

#2. Garden of Lights

The Amarillo Botanical Gardens use thousands of lights to turn the gardens into a magical Christmas land.  There is live music every night and it's free!  Donations are accepted and it is open nightly from 6-8pm.  The last day is December 23rd.

#3. Drinking Hot Cider

During this time of year you'll be hard pressed to find a coffee shop that isn't serving their own cider concoction. I love hot cider and nothing beats sitting outside in the cold crisp air with a hot cup of cider. This will make a great treat as you walk through the Amarillo Botanical Gardens while visiting their Christmas light display.

#4. Christmas Tree Lots

If there is one thing about Amarillo, there is no lack of Christmas trees.  The Boy Scouts always have a fresh tree lot on Plains street.  The different greenhouses around town also sell fresh Christmas trees that are big, fluffy and beautiful.

#5.There Are Tons of Decorated Neighborhoods

Everyone gets into the holiday spirit! Candy Cane Lane – Gainsbourough Drive:Every year almost every single house is lit up with the most amazing lights.  Best time to catch this view is on a weeknight right after it gets dark.  It is total chaos on the weekend. Townsquare Village: The Village is lit up with over 400,000 lights and they even have a light show.  You can stop by each evening and check it out.  The light shows will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December at 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9pm.

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